Haram Presidency Appoints 20 Female Leaders In Saudi Arabia As Step Towards Empowerment

Haram Presidency: The general presidency for the affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, Saudi Arabia recently announced the appointment of 20 female leaders to head the two Holy Mosques.

Sheikh Dr Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudais, the general presidency for the two Holy Mosques took to his Twitter handle to write that this is a step taken in the direction of women empowerment in Saudi Arabia. He also pointed out that the appointed leaders are women with Masters and Doctoral degrees.

“In a step to expand the empowerment of women in Saudi Arabia.. 20 women with master’s and doctoral degrees will be crowned with high positions in the presidency of the Two Holy Mosques,” Sheikh Dr Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudais tweeted on Thursday, Aug 5.

The Sheikh explained that distinguished women will be empowered both scientifically and practically in the positions of assistant to the general president, under-secretaries of the general president, and assistant undersecretaries in various developmental disciplines. In order to contribute to the effort to empower women in the two Holy Mosques, the presidency chief established an assistant agency for them.

He said that the women working at the Two Holy Mosques have proven to be competent in various fields. The presidency aimed to continue working to give the maximum benefit from them. It also desired to harness the women’s efforts in serving Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and visitors in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

For the first time, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah allowed women to perform Hajj without a mahram (an immediate family member) in July 2021. But they were required to be present in an all-women’s group.

In 2019, the Kingdom ended gender segregation at the entrance of restaurants and cafes. Earlier, there would be separate entrances for women and families and for single men. However, the government lifted the rule two years back. Read more here.

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